Children and their private world
There was a time when parents and children shared the same space in their homes. They played together, ate together and watched their favourite show on the TV together. But, as time shows yet again its changing nature, children nowadays show very different attitudes toward their parents and their personal space. You wouldn’t be caught by surprise if you see a toddler hopping into his own separate room. Eating, playing and watching shows all alone without his parents. In other words, lives of the young generation after the introduction of technological advances have become a lot ‘private’ than they ever were.
Following this new trend of having ‘private lives’, parental guidance has somehow been lost in the air of children addicted to technology. Without this essential aspect of the development of children, they are trapped in the labyrinth of the complexities of the world, both good and evil. Their innovative but immature minds are subject to a great unknown world with all types of possibilities. In this delicate age, everything that goes in those minds does nothing but multiplies and stays forever. Here is a quick view of a recent research on kids and teen activities on their smartphone and online.
Many parents readily avail technology for kids without any second thoughts. This makes the children attracted to technology and embeds the idea of its possibilities from their very childhood where they lack proper conscience. Possibilities aren’t just the positives. Increasing cases of children surfing adult content, cyber bullying, hazardous games have opened the world to the whole new face of technology. Hence, children addicted online are exposed and vulnerable to a lot of known and even unknown dangers. As a parent, one would desperately want to shield his child from such hazards, at least until the young ones are able to do so themselves.
Is all of it bad?
Even if it may feel correct to detach children from technology, it cannot be denied that the current scenario demands a compulsive internet use from children not only in education but in communication, research and various other things as well. Chatting and emailing have become an important medium to keep pace with other people, and online resources are a great source of knowledge and information. This leads to internet and technology becoming a crucial part of today’s lifestyle and development.
Social media is widespread like never before. With its increasing usage to communicate, post pictures and connect to various people, children get addicted online. Its usage isn’t limited to communicating and connecting to other people, however. Young children use it to develop an ‘image’ of them for the outside world. Getting likes on posts, having a large followers’ count and getting virtually ‘popular’ is becoming something of great importance. Anyhow, children love to maintain their image on social media, having it as a scale for their value.
What constitutes the ‘private world’?
Accept it or not, privacy is somehow a necessity in their minds. There are a lot of things that they feel are to be done alone. For instance, sending text messages to their friends, playing games that may contain violent and inappropriate content, conversing with strangers that might lead to unexpected situations and much more. It is difficult to put a bar against these activities as their ‘private world’ has contained itself into one mobile device.
Mobile devices are an easy gateway to a huge amount of content of many kinds. While they can be used to complete home assignments from school and planning hangouts with friends, surfing through inappropriate content is an even easier task. Watching movies and playing games at odd times of the day is something that cannot be restricted through these small screens in front of them.
Is there any safeguard?
Parents can’t be everywhere to guide the children through thick and thin. This has lead to development of software which helps them do just that. Even though the ‘private world’ may be inaccessible, parents can still intervene in their activities to make sure they are on the right track through parental control software.
TiSPY is one such software which allows you to monitor activities of your children on their mobile devices. Parental control apps presented by TiSPY help keep your children’s activities protected from inappropriate content so openly available on the internet and other media. It is a great medium to ensure your children’s safety from unknown and potentially hazardous outside world.
Every coin has two sides, so does technology for kids. But the idea is to keep the good and do away with dangers. Hence, parental control is an essential tool to ensure safety while making sure the benefits of technology aren’t taken away from children, who seem to be addicted online.